By Woodard, Dale on January 29, 2020.
A pair of ringette teams came home with medals following the CORA Classic last weekend in Calgary.
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns won the gold medal for the second year in a row against a field of 16 teams, while the Leth Vegas Open C Ringette team earned the silver medal.
In the final, the Horns topped Zone 2 5-4 to win the gold once again, but the Leth Vegas was defeated 6-3 by the Medicine Hat Force to take home silver.
The Pronghorns kicked off the weekend with a 3-3 tie with the Calgary Resurge on Friday. Katie Welsh scored twice while Ali Fournier scored once. Horns goaltender Mackenzie Cameron faced 21 shots.
Lethbridge had a busy Saturday with three games and got things started with a 4-3 loss to the University of Alberta Alumni.
Welsh scored two goals for Lethbridge and Alyssa Hall added the other Horns goal. Cameron kicked out 28 shots.
In their second game of the day, the Pronghorns came got back in the win column courtesy a 4-2 win over the Mount Royal Alumni. Rylie Hart scored a pair of goals and Perri Mazurkewich and Jena Heal scored once. Cameron stopped 18 shots.
The win put the Pronghorns in the quarter-finals against the Calgary Impact and the locals wrapped up Saturday with a 7-2 win, led by a five-goal performance from Welsh. Hart and Ashley Raye added the other Lethbridge goals and Cameron faced another 36 shots.
The win put the Pronghorns in the semifinal Sunday against the Calgary Blitz. Welsh scored another three goals and Fournier scored twice as the Horns doubled the Blitz 6-3. Sarah Hall also scored for Lethbridge.
In the gold medal game against Zone 2 Alyssa Hall and Welsh scored twice each and Arica Martin added the other Pronghorns goal to clinch gold for the second straight year.
Cameron faced 27 shots in the final.
The Leth Vegas squad played in a 12-team field and opened the weekend with a 9-2 win over Calgary True North.
Amy Pearson paced Lethbridge with a hat trick and Maeve Meier and Darcy Weir each scored twice. Jenna Knowles and Shana Wandler added singles for Leth Vegas and goaltender Trey Blair faced 21 shots.
Leth Vegas moved to 2-0 with a 5-4 decision over the Rockyford Rush. Knowles scored twice while Jordan Karpuk, Sydney De La Mare and Wandler scored once each. Blair was in net for Leth Vegas.
Lethbridge finished the round-robin at 3-0 with a 13-2 victory over the Ridge Valley Zenboni’s as Weir scored three goals and Pearson, Knowles, Emily Gorombey and Meier each added two. Emily McComber and Karpuk added singles.
Leth Vegas won a close one in the quarter-finals, edging the Cochrane Chaos 4-3 as Meier, Pearson, Weir and Kianna Sullivan found the back of the net for Lethbridge and Blair faced 29 shots.
The semifinal was a rematch against the Rush and Leth Vegas prevailed again and earned a trip to the gold medal game thanks to a 5-3 decision.
Weir scored twice for Lethbridge. De La Mare, Knowles and Pearson added the other Leth Vegas goals.
In the gold medal game, Goromby, Weir and Karpuk were the goal scorers in the loss to the Force.
Blair tended to 31 shots in the final.